Texans coach Gary Kubiak wouldn’t rule out rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins for Sunday’s third preseason game against the Saints.
Hopkins suffered a concussion early against the Dolphins Saturday night. Kubiak said he’s in “phase one” of the NFL’s five-stage protocol designed to protect players recovering from concussions.
“Can you make up five stages between now and Sunday? Yes, you can,” Kubiak said. “But we’ll see. He’s day-to-day.”
Hopkins should be fine by Week 1, but he's missing reps and additional concussions become more worrisome if they should occur. Prospective owners shouldn't let this dissuade them from drafting Hopkins in the 9th or 10th round. He should make an immediate impact as the Texans' WR2.